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Farmstay Uruguay

Take advantage of this opportunity of living and working on a genuine Uruguayan ranch. You will get a first-hand impression of the way of living in the countryside, with the owners of the ranch.

This course enables you to combine Spanish lessons at Academia Uruguay with the work at a ranch (an agriculture and livestock farm). The ranch is located in Lavalleja, a department of Uruguay located in the southeastern part of our country, surrounded by hills and only 3 hours away from Montevideo.

The program’s aim is to encourage students’ cultural immersion as well as the continuous practice of the language.  The educational proposal of Academia Uruguay leads the participants to a 24-7 learning: the group lessons, the extracurricular activities, the language workshops, the work at the ranch, the accommodation with a Uruguayan family, etc.

This ranch is a very special place, with a long history dating back to the early 19th century and very nice and proactive hosts, willing to share their house and daily life. We highly recommend this program to students of all ages and backgrounds; the only requisite is to have interest in the activities and a rural  lifestyle.

Schedule
Start dates

every Monday, year-round

Duration

80 hours (4 weeks) Spanish course + 4 weeks on a farm

Hours per day

4 classes of 55 minutes each

Levels

1-8

Time schedule

option 1: from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
option 2: from 2 to 6 p.m. (Only if the morning shift is fully booked)

Max. number of students per class

6

Requirements
interest in rural life and health insurance
Certificates

participation certificate for every participant, with grade for all participants that pass the exam

Exams

at the end of the course

Total program price
US$3,800.00

Inscription fee: US$50 – to be paid once. Includes teaching material and extracurricular activities.
Includes:
– Pickup service from and to Montevideo
– 4 weeks intensive language course, 20 hours per week, maximum of 6 participants per group + activities
– 4 weeks accommodation in a host family (single) in Montevideo, with breakfast and dinner
– Transfer by bus to the Estancia and back
– 4 weeks Farmstay, including accommodation and all meals according to a separate description

Changes:
a. additional week at estancia: US$330
b. Additional week language course and accommodation in Montevideo: US$540
c. Accommodation in single room in shared flats in Montevideo: discount of US$85 per week

Content

This program is divided into two parts: the first one consists of 4 weeks of Spanish group lessons at Academia Uruguay. During this period, you will learn the language and will get used to the Uruguayan culture. The Intensive Group Course consists of 20 hours of classes per week in groups no bigger than 6 students. During your time in Montevideo, you will stay with a Uruguayan family where you will have your own bedroom and will share breakfast and the dinner with the family.

As a second stage and after a 3 hours’ bus trip, you will reach the place where the owners of the ranch -a couple on their mid thirties with their toddler- will be waiting for you.

During the 4-weeks stay you will share the daily life with the family. You will have your own private room (they have a unique bedroom for students, please contact us if a couple or friends traveling together want to participate in the program). All the meals are included.

The participants will help the family do the daily chores such as:

  • Feed the animals and walk around the surroundings to check that everything is okay.
  • Different activities related to cows, hens, horses, goats, dogs and sheep
  • Garden and orchard chores
  • Help with the preparation of the different meals for the family
  • Bird watching
  • Seasonal chores: sheep shearing, etc.

What is included in the price? (All our courses include the following:)
– Teaching materials (study books)
– Level test, oral and written, before starting
– Optional exams at the end of each level and at the end of your stay
– Certificate including the amount of hours and level attained (plus grade if you passed the exam)
– Dictionary on loan
– Two extracurricular activities per week (guided tours, museum visits, tango, asado dinners, excursions, etc.)
– Workshops, weekly or bi-weekly: Phonetics, Conversation, Narration, Audio
– Weekly tutorials
– Internet access through PCs at the Academia and wifi
– Hot and cold drinks
– Access to library and DVDs for further study
– Movie showings and discussions
– Help in organizing trips around Uruguay and Latin America
– 24 hour hotline in Spanish, English, French and German

 
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